Absolutely! To stay aware of how far America has strayed from her founding principals.
The author is well studied and informed on the subject matter.
His sincerity and humor.
I have read the book twice but couldn't resist listening to Mr. Steyn read it. It is a compelling read from the best columnist alive. If you do not read his weekly column, you absolutely must. I am a big fan.
The sections related to lost manhood and deferred adulthood are excellent, as well as everything on dependency in general. I think Mr. Steyn is exactly right: we have stolen from the future to bribe the present. And in the process we have surrendered many of our freedoms for the "security" a benevolent government promises. It is all an illusion, and ends abruptly with a thud.
This book has pretty much the same message as the books Endgame by John Mauldin and The Real Crash by Peter Schiff. The difference here is that Steyn???s version of the American crash story has much more whit, humor and enthusiasm. He proffers the gloomiest prospective and I feel the most realistic of what will happen when no one wants to buy American bonds. Unfortunately, like the other books, most of the book is stuffed full of discussion of topics that have very little to do with the debt crisis.
Like a good comedian, Mark sees what is happening everyday and shares those observations in his own way to make us laugh. However in this books case there isn't much to laugh at, mostly gasping at the reality of how bad off the good old USA really is. I can see why the political class (both demorats & republiltards) wouldn't like this book because it is calling them out for their dishonesty.
i enjoy mark steyn.. this is my first audible book.. but certainly they should be able to synchronize the chapter title/headers with the actual chapters being read..
my review is more negative about the data quality.. i've finished the book - but can't say for certain..that i've finished the book..
listening to Mark's voice and biting sarcasm!
I am secretly in love with Mark...the combination of sheer brilliance, sarcasm, humor and that accent is just too much for this chick :))))
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So I'll qualify that I'm Canadian and in that regard, I've had the pleasure of reading Mr. Steyn a bit longer than most. What a treat he is - both his writing and his narration.
While I think he goes a bit far at times with his analysis (in particular his concerns re: Muslims), on many other matters he's bang on in my estimation and to that end the US, Europe and others are on a precipice. I won't get into his analysis other than to say he covers the main topics you would expect from someone who is commenting on the political situation in the US (though he mostly stays away from the abortion and gun issue). The US and Int economy, immigration, geopolitical politics, demographics are all covered and even if half of what he suggests is going to happen, happens, it's going to be a really tough go. People shouldn't say they weren't warned.
Outside of his interesting and provocative analyses, what makes Steyn so special is his sense of humour. He really is stand alone in this regard. Sharp analysis with an even sharper wit is a deadly combination. The pen is certainly mightier in this book.
The cherry on the cake is that Steyn himself narrates. Intentionally (I think) he uses what I guess is a cross between a British and Aussie accent and this makes the read downright hilarious at times. The narration is excellent I suspect because Steyn knows exactly how he wants his text delivered and he rolls through the book flawlessly. He so good at it, I wouldn't be surprised to see him narrate books that are not his.
In summary - a highly recommended, well narrated cutting political commentary regarding the end of the United States as a major power.
Yes, it some great talking points.
Brought to light some technical details about our present situation that aren't on the news.
Have an Exit Plan
Steyn has uncovered what many already know but have either been too ineloquent or (sadly) too frightened to say for decades. This is a warning, the west either reclaims its heritage at the forefront of modern history, or we allow ourselves to be torn down into a morass powered by self loathing.
His comments on the war against manhood was extremely well researched.
Good, witty and well paced delivery.
Make the wrong people do the right thing
Among the best
The way that Mark Steyn can make even depressing information very funny.
Great book... highly recommend it!